21st Century Cures: White Papers and Public Feedback

What You Need to Know | News and Commentary | Hearings, Roundtables, and Forums

White Papers, Public Feedback, and Drafts

A Call to Action | PCAST Report | Patients | Digital Health Care | Innovative Diagnostic Tests

January Discussion Document | April Discussion Draft | May Discussion Draft

Congress is working together on a nonpartisan issue that will have a profound effect on the lives of all Americans. H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, will bring our health care innovation infrastructure into the 21st Century, delivering hope for patients and loved ones and providing necessary resources to researchers to continue their efforts to uncover the next generation of cures and treatments. 

For the first time ever, we in Congress have taken a comprehensive look at what steps we can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. We have looked at the full arc of this process – from the discovery of clues in basic science, to streamlining the drug and device development process, to unleashing the power of digital medicine and social media at the treatment delivery phase.

We took our time, listening to the experts who know best. We’ve been working with patients, patient advocates, researchers, and innovators in the health care system to learn more about how to close the gaps between advances in scientific knowledge about cures and the regulatory policies created to save more lives. A critical component of that effort has been the white paper process, in which the committee released a series of papers to spur discussion and solicit feedback about how to achieve the goals of the 21st Century Cures initiative. Following is a comprehensive listing of the white papers produced by the committee and the powerful responses and feedback provided by participants across the health innovation ecosystem.

21st Century Cures: A Call to Action (May 1, 2014)

21st Century Cures: An Update on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology 2012 Report on Propelling Innovation (May 12, 2014)

21st Century Cures: Patients (May 16, 2014)

21st Century Cures: Digital Health Care (June 17, 2014)

Responses From The General Public: First Names A-F, G-Jef, Jen-Ju, K-N, O-Z

21st Century Cures: A Modernized Framework for Innovative Diagnostic Tests (December 9, 2014)

21st Century Cures Discussion Document White Paper (January 27, 2015) 

Discussion Draft (April 29, 2015)

Updated Discussion Draft (May 13, 2015)

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